Arvon runs residential creative writing courses in poetry in addition to other writing genres. The courses are open to anyone over the age of sixteen, who has a genuine desire to write: from beginners to more experienced writers. The centres provide an inspirational space and dedicated time to practice the art of writing, guided by workshops and tutorials with two professional writers. The courses take place over four-and-a-half days and run all year-round. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and informal. Everyone prepares their own breakfast and lunch but takes a turn in helping cook one evening meal. The Centre Directors act as hosts and are on hand when needed. Students who have taken part in an Arvon course describe the ‘magic’ that is present during the week. It is true that the buzz of writing centred activity, the sharing of ideas, experiences, cooking and eating, all contribute to an intensity of work and emotion that is unique.
Arvon also runs courses of the same format for young writers from schools and colleges. The teachers, writers and staff at Arvons’ centres see the difference the Arvon week makes to the young people taking part who take back to their schools recognition of their individual creativity and motivation to take their creative experience further.
The opportunity to take part in an Arvon course is made open to all through a bursary system to provide support to meet the cost of the course fee.
name: The Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank
phone: 01422 843714